About Me

My name is Richard E. McDorman. I was born and raised in rural West Virginia. I went to college in Virginia, and later to graduate school in Chicago and Miami, where I settled down in the late 1990s. During my career, I have embraced continuing and professional education, first enrolling in the Professional Certificate in Translation program at New York University and then the Graduate Certificate in TESOL program at Penn State.

I am an educator, linguist, translator and writer. I love language, linguistics, and reading and writing about them. I am currently working full-time as a professional development and program director, teacher trainer and linguist for a large international language services company in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where I have worked since 2003. In early 2009, I also started working with Educational Testing Service, as an essay rater for the TOEFL iBT program.

My academic and research interests include applied and historical linguistics, phonetics and phonology, English dialectology (especially African-American English), Indo-European studies, neuroscience, anthropology, and the humanities (among others).

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To contact me, please send an e-mail to rmcdorman@uchicago.edu or visit my website at www.richardmcdorman.org.


Richard McDorman's TESOL Blog

Recent Entries

A Few Thoughts on Task-Based Instruction
on Richard McDorman's TESOL Blog
Focus on Grammar
on Richard McDorman's TESOL Blog
Focus on Pronunciation and Fluency
on Richard McDorman's TESOL Blog